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No Further Discussion on Pork Price Hike

by 5m Editor
12 June 2009, at 10:22am

MALAYSIA - The Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia (FLSFA) and Selangor and Federal Territory Butchers Association will have no further discussion on the pork price hike after a heated argument broke out during a meeting on Tuesday.

FLSFA Pork Division director Jeffrey Beh said there would be no more discussion between the two associations after their meeting with Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Datuk Tan Lian Hoe that day ended in a verbal battle between the leaders.

"The butchers association members were behaving like gangsters. They were unreasonable and confrontational," claimed Mr Beh when contacted by Bernama.

He said after the heated exchange, the FLSFA representatives left the meeting.

Mr Beh said FLSFA would observe the pork market price for three months to find a solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, the butchers association said it was disappointed with FLSFA's action as this was the third time that it quit their meeting.

Its spokesman Lee Peng Hock also dismissed the claim by FLSFA that he was the "ringleader" in the verbal battle and regarded the incident as a misunderstanding.

"I did not ask Datuk Tan Lian Hoe to settle the pork market price issue in five minutes. I was just asking them to give me five minutes to voice my opinion to which the deputy minister agreed. But before I could do so, the other party left the meeting," he said.

Mr Lee said there was no plan yet to hold any further discussion between the two associations on the pork price issue.